Teaching staff at universities

In Austria the higher education system consists of public universities, private universities, universities of applied science and university colleges of teacher education.

In the 2018/19 academic year the academic staff at public universities comprised 40 832 persons. Of these, 2 610 were professors, 2 874 were equivalents to professors and 35 591 were other scientific and arts staff. The total proportion of women was 41.2%. It is worth noting that only 24.9% of professors were women.

In recent years universities of applied science have grown to the second largest higher education sector in Austria. Overall there were 19 934 teaching staff members at universities of applied science in the 2017/18 academic year. The proportion of women amounted to 36.3% and was therefore considerably lower than at public universities.

The teaching staff at university colleges of teacher education consisted of 7 602 persons in the academic year 2018/19. The share of women was the highest in the higher education sector, with 59.8%.

In the 2017/18 academic year private universities employed a total of 4 837 persons in teaching. 43.9% of them were women.

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